Mikhail Bakhtin: Between Phenomenology and Marxism by Michael F. Bernard-DonalsMikhail Bakhtin: Between Phenomenology and Marxism by Michael F. Bernard-Donals

Mikhail Bakhtin: Between Phenomenology and Marxism

byMichael F. Bernard-Donals

Paperback | February 24, 1995

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The work of Mikhail Bakhtin does not fall neatly under a single rubric, because its philosophical foundation rests ambivalently between phenomenology and Marxism. The theoretical tension between these two positions creates philosophical impasses in Bakhtin's work, which have been neglected or ignored in previous studies of Bakhtin. Michael Bernard-Donals examines developments in phenomenological and materialist theory, providing a contextualized study of Bakhtin, a critique of the problems of contemporary criticism, and an original contribution to literary theory.
Title:Mikhail Bakhtin: Between Phenomenology and MarxismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.47 inPublished:February 24, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Problems with formalism; 2. Neo-Kantianism and phenomenology; 3. Reception and hermeneutics: the search for ideology; 4. The Marxist texts; 5. Science and ideology; 6. Science, praxis, and change; 7. Bakhtin, the problem of knowledge and literary studies; bibliography; index.

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The language theory of Mikhail Bakhtin does not fall neatly under any single rubric--'dialogism, ' 'Marxism, ' 'prosaics, ' 'authorship'--because the philosophic foundation of his writing rests ambivalently between phenomenology and Marxism. The theoretical tension of these positions creates philosophical impasses in Bakhtin's work, which have been neglected or ignored partly because these impasses are themselves mirrored by the problems of antifoundationalist and materialist tendencies in literary scholarship.

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"Bernard-Donals argues convincingly that Bakhtin has much to offer to a liberatory or Utopian vision of social change. Bernard-Donals's book is therefore a significant contribution to Bakhtin studies, and it succeeds admirably in extending his ideas into novel intellectual domains." Utopian Studies